by prestwichfocus on 12 February, 2013
Work has now sadly started on the access road for the Commercial Soccer centre in the St Margaret’s Corner of Heaton Park. Many thanks to one local resident who took this short video on their phone showing the amount of the damage being done over the weekend.
As people will know, GOALS Soccer Centres were given planning permission three years ago to build the Soccer Centre (17 floodlit artificial soccer pitches and a clubhouse) in the park. This was despite massive opposition.
GOALS have issued statements to the stock market two years running stating that they are NOT building any more soccer centres for the next year – so why is the preliminary work starting now? (See this post for copies of the stock market statements.)
So why, if GOALS are not opening any soccer centres has the work started? The contractors, when asked by a local resident confirmed that they had to start the work this weekend “because of the Planning Permission issue”.
Is this GOALS constructing an access road – which seems strange given that they are not opening any new soccer centres. Or is it Manchester City Council? (who are currently busy closing swimming pools, libraries and making staff redundant).
The issues that made this Commercial Soccer centre a bad idea have not gone away. We already have some excellent hard surface soccer facilities (at Parrenthorn, in Whitefield and in Higher Broughton), and if there is a need for more in North Manchester then using up parkland is not the answer.
Please help us remind Manchester Council why this is such a bad idea by signing this online petition, and asking your friends and neighbours to do the same.
Next week there is a Heaton Park consultation meeting where these issues can be raised. If there are other issues that need to be brought up please let me know (we already have issues on Bonfire Night, the Fairground and on the proposed concert in June).